"When it gets to a certain time in the afternoon you look forward to hearing the phone ring. It's so good to know that you are going to have a chat with someone. It cheers you up." - Careline Member
Careline is a small charity supporting members of the local community who suffer from loneliness and who feel isolated and disconnected from society. We provide a free telephone befriending service for people living in the Derbyshire Dales and East Staffordshire, which is available every day of the year including Bank Holidays and Christmas.
According to research from Age UK, one million people over the age of 65 will be alone during the Christmas period, having little or no contact with anyone, and relying on the TV as their only company. Christmas can also remind them of loved ones who are no longer with them and who they miss terribly, which can make this time of year even more difficult.
"Your calls give me confidence. Thank you with all my heart." - Careline Member
Our calls offer friendship and support to over 100 people, who may not otherwise get to speak to anyone at all for days at a time. Since our Lottery funding ended in late 2015, we have had to fight hard to keep our service up and running. Without the donations from generous people like you, we simply won’t be able to operate. This would be heart breaking given the demand for our calls has never been higher.
Our members tell us every day just how vital our calls are to them, especially at Christmas – please help us to keep Careline going by donating as much as you can.
"Thank you for calling. It gets so lonely on your own." - Careline Member